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No Unity Deal After Latest Madagascar Talks

Joaquim Chissano (C), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediator, flanked by Jean Ping (L), the Chairperson of the African Union and the SADC Executive Secretary, Tomaz Salomao (R), gives a press conference in Pretoria at end of political

Political rivals in Madagascar have agreed to reconvene in two weeks to continue their talks aimed at creating a unity government.

Interim leader Andry Rajoelina and his three predecessors failed to reach an agreement Saturday after three days of talks.

The negotiations are being facilitated by French and South African mediators in Pretoria.

One of the major points of disagreement is a timetable for holding new elections.

The country has been in a political crisis since March of 2009 when Mr. Rajoelina seized power from former president Marc Ravalomanana.

The interim government is not recognized by the African Union.

The group imposed sanctions on Mr. Rajoelina and his political allies in March for their refusal to honor agreements that had been mandated by the AU.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.